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Sep 16
FotoMagico for Mac OS X now ready for 4K video

Boinx Software has updated FotoMagico (http://boinx.com/fotomagico/), its slideshow creation tool, to version 4.5. The upgrade is optimized for the production of 4K video. FotoMagico 4.5 also takes full advantage of modernized OS X features

FotoMagico 4.5 requires Mac OS 10.8 or higher. Version 4.5 is available now as a free update for existing 4.x users. For new users the cost is US$99.99.

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Sep 15
Apple announces record pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6...

Apple has announced a record number of first day pre-orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with over four million in the first 24 hours.

Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-order supply. While a significant amount will be delivered to customers beginning on Friday and throughout September, many iPhone pre-orders are scheduled to be delivered in October. Additional supply of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available to walk-in customers on Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. local time at Apple retail stores.

Customers are encouraged to arrive early or order online from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) to pickup in-store or receive an estimated delivery date. Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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Sep 15
Image Viewer for Mac OS X revved to version 1.8

Abacus has released Image Viewer 1.8, an upgrade of the Mac OS X app for viewing images and photos for an entire library.

Users can open a file and then view all image files in that folder by clicking the mouse or pressing the keyboard. Version 1.8 fixes a sandbox error that made it difficult for some users to delete images.


Image Viewer requires Mac OX 10.7 or later. It's available at the Mac App Store for US$0.99. Go to http://abacusindustriesinc.com for more info.

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Sep 12
G-Tech expands its Studio line of external hard drives

G-Technology (www.g-technology.com) has announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL.

Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, which launched earlier this year, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable, enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offering colossal capacity and performance of up to 1,350 megabytes per second (MB/sec) performance for the most demanding digital content creation applications, says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology.

The G-SPEED Studio XL eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution comes in a black enclosure with integrated cooling technology. It supports 4k workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and impressive transfer rates of up to 1,350MB/sec in RAID 0. Like other products in the Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL can be daisy...

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Sep 12
Stellar Data Recovery releases Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 1.0...

Stellar Data Recovery has launched Stellar Phoenix Video Repair 1.0 for the Mac. It lets you repair corrupt or damaged video files so that "unplayable" videos are fit for replay.

Stellar Phoenix Video Repair can identify and repair damage in files with MOV, MP4, 3GP, M4V, M4A, 3G2 and F4V extensions. You can repair multiple files of different formats in one go in a matter of minutes, says Sunil Chandna, CEO, Stellar Data Recovery.

Free version of the software — which is compatible with OS X Mavericks and Yosemite — can be downloaded here (http://tinyurl.com/lwasx2d). The free version lets you preview repaired videos; however, to save them you'll have to purchase the software’s lifetime license for US$69.

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Sep 12
Privacy Scan ready for Mac OS X Yosemite

SecureMac has released PrivacyScan 1.6, an update of the Mac privacy software. The upgrade adds improved compatibility with future versions of Mac OS X (such as Yosemite) and also adds additional Firefox web browser support and fixes.

PrivacyScan will notify Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox users when their browser is configured to sync with Google’s servers, which can restore erased data. PrivacyScan will also add the capability to clean open windows in many popular apps.

PrivacyScan acts like a digital private eye, identifying hidden threats that can compromise privacy when accessed by advertisers or snoopers trying to see user activity. Version 1.6 is engineered for Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher.

It costs US$14.99 and is available at http://www.privacyscan.securemac.com. A 15-day demo version is also available.

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Sep 11
eMedia announces Masters of Rock guitar software

eMedia (eMediaMusic.com) has released Media Masters of Rock Guitar, software for learning how to play some of rock’s greatest songs.

It teaches songs made famous by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Carlos Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and more. All guitar parts are shown in tab and standard notation with Animated Fretboard, variable-speed playback and looping selections of transcribed material. You can even remove the guitar or bass and jam with the band.

eMedia Masters of Rock Guitar will be available in stores nationwide and online at an estimated retail price of US$29.95 later this month. The CD-ROM will be a hybrid for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, and the software will also be available for download at eMediaMusic.com and through select online retailers.

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Sep 11
CS Odessa Announces New Science and Education Solutions for...

CS Odessa (http://www.conceptdraw.com) has announced new additions to ConceptDraw Pro, its cross-platform business graphics and diagramming software. It lets you display, communicate, and present dynamically.

The new additions to ConceptDraw Pro empower the academic and science user with extensive new libraries for language, math, and science. Live Object technology dynamically displays linked data.

These additions to the Science and Education Area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park include collections of templates, samples, and libraries of vector stencils and icons that support science and academic work at any level. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It retails for US$199. ConceptDraw Pro 10 is included in ConceptDraw Office v2, which retails for $499.

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Sep 11
Movavi Screen Capture for Mac now supports microphone and...

The update of Movavi’s OS X screencasting app now supports both microphone and speaker recording, enabling users to save online calls. The software also adds a recording timer, keyboard actions capture, new cursor effects, screenshot capture, and a high-speed built-in video converter for fast trimming and encoding of video files in any format.

When saving a recorded screen video, you can choose the optimal preset from among all popular formats like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, or custom mobile device presets for Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPods, Android-based devices, Samsung, Nokia, Xbox, PS4, and other devices. The SuperSpeed-supported formats are marked with a special icon in the preset menu.

A seven-day trial version of Movavi Screen Capture for Mac is available for free download from the the company’s website (http://www.movavi.com/mac-screen-capture/). The price for a...

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Sep 10
‘Internet Slowdown’ launches across the web

support for stronger net neutrality protections by adding a spinning icon to their websites, representing a slow-loading Internet.

The symbolic icon links to a series of actions to members of Congress, the White House and the FCC. The event builds on the millions of Americans who have told the government to protect innovation and fairness on the Internet from corporate interference.

"The Internet is united against the FCC's Net Neutrality-killing proposal," says Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the Free Press Action Fund. "Today we'll see the Internet slow down as millions of people rise up against this threat to our rights to connect and communicate. There aren't many issues that could bring together such a diverse array of groups, big platforms and small businesses, senators and everyday citizens, all of them urging the leaders at the FCC to restore real Net Neutrality."

Evan Greer, Campaign Director of Fight for the Future, adds: "Today, we are showing...

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Sep 10
Cortado's cloud printing solution comes to the Mac

Cortado, maker of the ThinPrint Cloud Print cloud printing solution, has released a version for Mac users. Now Macs are also able to send print jobs from the cloud to any printer that has been designated a Cloud Printer.

The Mac app complements the Cortado apps already available for iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows devices. With the free app, Mac users can print their documents from anywhere via the cloud. For example, they can use their Mac to print while mobile to a home or office printer. One feature of ThinPrint Cloud Printer is that it works with any printer and from any application, regardless of the manufacturer, says Thien Nguyen, product manager, ThinPrint Cloud Printer at Cortado AG.

Private users can download ThinPrint Cloud Printer from the vendor's website at http://tinyurl.com/n9umj4v .

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Sep 10
LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 features new design, SSD upgrade

LaCie (www.lacie.com) has announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0.

Plus, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable to the fastest SSD on the market, which boosts speeds up to 1150 MB/s. It combines the latest interfaces and a Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM professional hard disk, resulting in speeds of up to 220 MB/s.

To multiply speeds by a factor of five, users can install the LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade (sold separately). The upgrade increases speeds up to 1150 MB/s and adds 128 GB of PCIe SSD storage. This speed exceeds the performance of even the internal SSD on a late-model Mac or PC.

The LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2, design by Neil Poulton, will be available this month through Appleand LaCie in 3TB (US$299.00), 4TB ($399.00) and 6 TB ($499.00) capacities. The 128 GB LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade...

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Sep 10
'I know countries' 1.3 leverages Apple Maps

Grapevine-cottage has given us "I know countries" 1.3 for Mac OS X. The app leverages full Apple Maps support to provide a user experience while navigating.

The map responds to a mouse click and highlights country boundaries and area, drops a pin at the capital location and shows a callout with flag, while speaking the country name and capital name.

The app supports all map types standard, satellite and hybrid, as well as the standard map navigation features for apps, including 3D mode at applicable map and zoom levels. All map details are available to the user, supporting direct drilldown to city street level.

"I know countries" requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher. It's available for US$1.99 at the Mac App Store.

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Sep 10
Pagico for Desktop for OS X revved to version 6.8

NOTES17 has launched Pagico for Desktop 6.8 (http://www.pagico.com/), an update to their information and task manager app for Mac OS X. The upgrade adds the ability to attach files and emails to new tasks and notes. Users can add files or emails to new tasks via a simple drag-and-drop. In addition, the task description fields are enhanced to make the note-taking process more enjoyable.

Pagico for Desktop manages all types of data, including notes, tasks, files, projects and contacts. On top of the project and contact management features, it also has a powerful set of scheduling features, assisting users to keep track of their tasks and appointments among projects and clients.

Pagico requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Version 6.8 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is US$50, though the app is on sale for $30 through Sept. 15. A demo is available for download.

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Sep 10
MOGA unveils Rebel iOS controller

MOGA has unveiled its MOGA Rebel, a full-sized, console-style, premium game controller for iPhone, iPad, iPad air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation) running iOS 7 or 8. It will be available in Apple stores in North America on Sept. 17 for US$79.99.

MOGA Rebel combines the best features of a tablet game controller with the added ability to use it portably with the iPhone or iPod touch, according to the folks at MOGA. They adds that gamers using an iPhone or iPod touch (5th generation) will also be able to transform their phone into a complete mobile gaming system by securing their device to the MOGA Rebel's flip-up MOGA Arm with S.M.R.T. Lock technology. The MOGA arm expands to accommodate even the largest new phones.

The MOGA Rebel includes an extended control set, including dual analog sticks, both L1/R1 and L2/R2 buttons, a D-pad, and four action buttons. The controller is powered by a 680mAh rechargeable battery.

To see which games are controller-...

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Sep 10
Seagate unveils new cloud, enterprise solutions

Seagate Technology has announced several product updates that support its mission to lead the world in the storing, sharing and protecting the world’s data.

The company also announced today its new Cloud Systems and Solutions group (CSS), which, in the company's words, "deliver the world’s most scalable, secure, efficient, and cost-effective Cloud service architectures and solutions." Seagate’s CSS product update will include offerings in four focus areas: Integrated High Performance Computing solutions, Scalable, modular components and solutions, Custom systems for OEMs and Cloud Backup/Restore, Disaster Recovery and Rapid Archive Storage solutions. Seagate will drive the industry’s ability to manage hyperscale computing demands, improve energy efficiency, and enhance everywhere availability of data.

Go to www.seagate.com for more info.

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Sep 09
Apple, U2 release 'Songs of Innocence' exclusively for...

Apple, Universal Music Group and rock band U2 has announced the release of the album, "Songs of Innocence," which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed.

The album features 11 new songs from the band and charts their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and soul. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.

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Sep 09
iOS 8 to be available Sept. 17

Apple says iOS 8, "the biggest release since the launch of the App Store," will be available starting Wednesday, Sept. 17 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update.

Apple says it delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. With more than 4,000 new APIs [application programming interfaces], iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit.

"We’re excited for hundreds of millions of users to begin experiencing iOS 8, with incredible features that offer new ways to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch," says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of...

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Sep 09
Apple announces Apple Pay

Apple has announced Apple Pay, a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. It work with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says Apple Pay is easy to set up, so hundreds of millions of users can simply add their credit or debit card on file from their iTunes Store account. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.

Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, issued by the most popular banks including Bank of America, Capital One Bank, Chase, Citi and Wells Fargo, representing 83% of credit card purchase volume in the US. In addition to the 258 Apple retail...

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Sep 09
Apple unveils the AppleWatch

Apple has unveiled Apple Watch, which it calls its "most personal device ever." It boasts a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that provides a way to scroll, zoom and navigate.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Digital Crown is Apple’s most revolutionary navigation tool since the iPod Click Wheel and iPhone Multi-Touch. The Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat.

Cook says that the smartwatch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps that can help people lead healthier lives. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

"Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad," says Cook. "And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a...

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Sep 09
Apple announces the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays.

The new smartphones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use, says Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Features include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; "ultrafast" wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, a way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8.

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38% more viewing area than the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution,...

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Sep 09
NuMac Solutions announces Blu-Ray disc burner for new Mac Pro

NuMac Solutions has announced its optical disc burning solution for Apple's new Mac Pro. The NMBDR6x supports reading and writing of Blu-Rays, DVDs, and CDs.

It stands less than two inches tall from top to bottom, and features a round, low-profile aluminum enclosure designed to sit beneath the Mac Pro. The slot load design has no tray to get in the way or break off. To help reduce clutter, both power and data are sent via the single USB cable.

The NMBDR6x is available now for US$169 at NuMac Solutions online (http://www.numac.co). With a three-year warranty, the NMBDR6x features an all aluminum enclosure machined and assembled in the USA.

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Sep 09
EditShare unveils XStream EFS enterprise scale-out storage...

EditShare (www.editshare.com) has announced the EditShare XStream EFS, a new enterprise storage solution aimed at media markets. Demonstrated for the first time at IBC2014, it's a distributed scale-out file system designed from the ground up to support large-scale media workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. 

According to Andy Liebman, founder and CEO, EditShare, XStream EFS features include:

° High-performance, low-latency storage;

° The ability to scale to many petabytes and hundreds of millions of files;

° Acceleration of media workflows – ingest, collaborative editing and playout;

° Support for uncompressed 2K, 4K and beyond;

° A "single namespace" file system that expands as storage is added'

° No downtime during expansion;

° Automatic...

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Sep 09
WD introduces Cold-Data-Storage HDDs optimized for datacenters

WD (www.wd.com) has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters.

Built on a platform to achieve optimal total cost of ownership (TCO), WD Ae hard drives utilize the lowest possible power consumption and a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures, says Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, storage technology, WD.

Part of the unique attributes of the WD Ae hard drive family includes: a dense five-platter platform, which renders an optimal mix of power, performance, capacity and cost; capacities greater than 6 TB; SATA 6 Gb/s interface; and a workload and reliability rating of 60 TB/yr workload and 500 Khrs Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF).  WD Ae hard drives will be sold in box quantities of 20 and available to select distributors and...

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Sep 08
Popular contacts list organizer now available for OS X

Demodit GmbH (http://www.demodit.ch) has released GroupsPro 1.0, a contacts and groups organizer for OS X. It allows users to manage their contacts, contact groups, and create mailing lists for mass e-mails.

When GroupsPro is initially launched, it auto-populates the user's existing contacts into the interface. Users can add or modify existing contacts. There are two options to assign contacts into specific groups. With Single Assigning, users assign a single contact to groups. With Fast Assigning, users assign contacts directly in the contacts list to a group.

What's more, all currently existing contacts in the list can be assigned by clicking on mass update button. Users can also search for names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, departments, and notes within all contacts.

GroupsPro 1.0 costs US$2.99. It's available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the...

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